If you have been following my Moscow blog since day one, you might remember that on my very first post I wrote how one of my fears was to get yelled at by a babushka at a grocery store. I wrote how this happened to a friend who once studied abroad in Russia because he … Continue reading Asking where the Soap Hotel is in the Grocery Store
Last week I learned a word that cannot really be translated into English, a word that is specific to the Russian language and culture. That word is “Бардак” [bardak]. It translates to “mess” on Google Translate, but that does not explain the full nuances of the word. I definitely do not understand all the nuances … Continue reading Бардак — Functioning in Chaos
1/27/19 Here’s an old post I wrote on the second day of being at my new host house. Today I was so frustrated with my host that, in complete honesty, I felt like crying at a few points. This feeling is actually quite a common experience — each time I study abroad, I get it … Continue reading Host Home Stresses
About two weeks ago I landed in Russia, and about one week ago I started living with my new host family and going to my classes at the university. I am hoping to make a post on all of these new things soon, but wanted to update first why it took me so long to … Continue reading I bought an egg!
Each time I study abroad there are a few crazy stories that I can never forget. For example… In Seoul, South Korea: Ari and I hiked a mountain near my host family’s home and found a dead cat. We called the animal control services to report the carcass and then were promptly told we trespassing … Continue reading Crazy Memories Begin
As some may or may not know, this semester I am studying abroad in Moscow, Russia. I will be staying in my 4th city abroad long term, with my 4th host family. This will be my 14th home since birth. Growing up my family moved through 9 different homes. Homes from the South and now … Continue reading The 14th Home — Moscow
I started writing this post on the plane ride back from Korea back in late-August, but never ended up finishing and posting it. So here goes! (Also I know some CLS prospective students will be searching for CLS blogs and creeping around my site). At the end of the CLS program we had a 졸업식 … Continue reading 졸업식, Graduation Ceremony
On the last Friday in Gwangju -- after our final exams and graduation ceremony -- a few of my friends and I hiked up Gwangju's Geumdang Mountain 금당산. Peter read about a night hike on this mountain a few weeks prior and going on the last weekend felt like a perfect end to an amazing … Continue reading Hiking 금당산 at Night
The last week I was studying in Gwangju my NSLIY Seoul host family came to visit me a final time before I travelled back to the U.S. They came on a Monday and left the following Tuesday, and it really meant a lot to me that they drove four hours to come see me. It … Continue reading NSLIY Host Family Visits Gwangju!
This past weekend on Saturday I went with my host family to Yeosu (여수) which is a coastal city on the very Southern end of the Korea. It was a gorgeous day, but as Korea summers are, it was also incredibly hot. That Saturday was South Korea's 20th day of heat warnings in a row. … Continue reading 여수 Yeosu